Skip to main content

Culture and Anarchy

Audio Preview

audio
Culture and Anarchy


Published May 7, 2013


LibriVox recording of Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold. Read by Nicole Lee.

Culture and Anarchy is a series of periodical essays by Matthew Arnold, first published in Cornhill Magazine 1867-68 and collected as a book in 1869. The preface was added in 1875. Arnold's famous piece of writing on culture established his High Victorian cultural agenda which remained dominant in debate from the 1860s until the 1950s. According to his view advanced in the book, "Culture [...] is a study of perfection". He further wrote that: "[Culture] seeks to do away with classes; to make the best that has been thought and known in the world current everywhere; to make all men live in an atmosphere of sweetness and light [...]". His often quoted phrase "[culture is] the best which has been thought and said" comes from the Preface to Culture and Anarchy: The whole scope of the essay is to recommend culture as the great help out of our present difficulties; culture being a pursuit of our total perfection by means of getting to know, on all the matters which most concern us, the best which has been thought and said in the world, and, through this knowledge, turning a stream of fresh and free thought upon our stock notions and habits, which we now follow staunchly but mechanically, vainly imagining that there is a virtue in following them staunchly which makes up for the mischief of following them mechanically. (Summary by Wikipedia)

For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording.

For more free audio books, or to become a volunteer reader, please visit LibriVox.org.

M4B Audiobook (166MB)


Run time 6:01:31

comment
Reviews

There are no reviews yet. Be the first one to write a review.
DOWNLOAD OPTIONS
Uploaded by
librivoxbooks
on 5/7/2013
Views
4,988
SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata)
eye
Title
Date Archived
Creator
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Thomas Malthus
audio
eye 13,835
favorite 0
comment 0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Matthew Arnold
audio
eye 9,241
favorite 1
comment 0
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Logan Pearsall Smith
audio
eye 6,072
favorite 0
comment 0
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Douglas Fairbanks
audio
eye 11,679
favorite 1
comment 0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Willa Sibert Cather
audio
eye 3,047
favorite 1
comment 0
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Matthew Arnold
audio
eye 6,937
favorite 0
comment 0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Matthew Arnold
audio
eye 4,492
favorite 0
comment 0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Matthew Arnold
audio
eye 711
favorite 0
comment 0
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Matthew Arnold
audio
eye 3,193
favorite 1
comment 0
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by 鲁迅 - Lu Xun
audio
eye 11,926
favorite 0
comment 0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text